Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

Fountain Scholars

CELA (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture)

Fountain Scholars

Since 2021, 43 landscape architecture students have been recognized as CELA Fountain Scholars.

The Council for Educators in Landscape Architecture’s (CELA) Fountain Scholar Program recognizes and supports Black, Indigenous, and persons (students) of color in landscape architecture with exceptional design skills and who use their skills and ideas to influence, communicate, lead and advance design solutions for contemporary issues.

The winner and finalists from each year are showcased below. Photos are from the year the students were honored and bios are included for winners and finalists. The 2022 winner and finalists were announced at the CELA Evolving Norms Conference in March 2022.


2022 CELA Fountain Scholar Winners and Finalists

The winners and finalists were selected from a group of 21 graduate and undergraduate students nominated by their faculty for their exceptional design skills and their ability to influence, communicate, lead and advance design solutions for contemporary issues.

Graduate Winner

Ayana Belk

Undergraduate Winner

Daniella Slowik

Graduate Winner

Ayana Belk

Kansas State University

Growing up near the dividing line of segregation and disinvestment in Kansas City, Ayana Belk was drawn to landscape architecture as a means to heal her community. Once equipped with a Master of Landscape Architecture degree and Minor in Community Planning from Kansas State University, she intends to start a non-profit in Kansas City to provide a space where youth can discover landscape architecture while improving the Troost Corridor, the dividing line, through participatory design. Her thesis “Equitably Mirroring the Nation: Black Students’ Experiences in Landscape Architecture” addresses the Black students’ journey to discovering and navigating landscape architecture. Much of her work has focused on exploring the barriers Black landscape
architecture students face, intending to offer universities and the profession recommendations for improving the Black experience and increasing the number of Black landscape architects.

Undergraduate Winner

Daniella Slowik

University of Washington

At an early age, Daniella Slowik discovered nature’s ability to comfort, inspire, and rejuvenate. Her experience as a low-income, biracial Puerto-Rican woman with Tourette’s Syndrome has granted her an intriguing blend of tics, curiosity, and challenges. For respite and peace, she sought the comfort of the natural world. These memories have deeply influenced her desire to develop landscape-based systems that restore the health of sensitive ecosystems and invite underrepresented communities to experience the therapeutic benefits of the natural world. With the generous support of the CELA Fountain Scholarship, Daniella is thrilled to focus her passions on restoring public and environmental health at several scales. The support from this award will be used to fuel her forthcoming academic endeavors in her graduate studies, where she plans to collaboratively explore the complex interaction of regenerative food production, community needs, and Indigenous systems-based thinking to address global issues relating to climate change, food security, public health, and environmental remediation. Daniella is incredibly honored and eager to carry on Dr. Charles Fountain’s legacy of leadership to cultivate environmental stewardship and social justice and to help shape our practice around the needs of underrepresented voices and ecosystems.

Louisiana State University

Avery Haynes

University of Minnesota

Ruby Davis

Arizona State University

Jade Durand

Harvard University

Chadwick Bowlin

Louisiana State University

Avery Haynes

Avery Haynes is currently pursuing their Bachelors of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University. They were born and raised just outside of Baton Rouge, LA, and though they do not plan to stay in Baton Rouge, they hope that they can apply the things they are learning to impact their hometown in a positive way. They take special interest inequitable, artful, and plant specific design. They serve as a founder and student co-chair of Landscape Architects for Black Lives, an ad hoc committee within their program for diversity, equity, and inclusion working to deconstruct systemic barriers for Black students within the school. In addition to school and advocacy work, Avery works at a plant nursery in town and as a figure model for painting and drawing classes on campus. They also enjoy singing, dancing, skating, and finding new ways to learn and grow every day.

University of Minnesota

Ruby Davis

Ruby Davis is a full-time mom, full-time wife, and full-time graduate
student. All these aspects of her life are important to her, and she strives
to balance them in a way that brings her a sense of success. As a mom
and a wife, she continues to show her family that even when life creates
obstacles any dream is achievable if you keep going. In 2014, she was
diagnosed with breast cancer while working on her educational goals. It
was nearly impossible for her to get through that stage of her life, but
she didn’t give up and is now progressing successfully through life and
school. Her journey of adversity continues to teach her that many
people are suffering in different ways, and she is willing to dedicate her
life to helping them. She believes in not just seeing and sympathizing
with struggle but using one’s power to act. So, as a Landscape
Architect, she will engage with communities that have been overlooked
and work with them, designing space representative of the people who
work and live there, bringing a sense of wellbeing and over health to
their communities.

Arizona State University

Jade Durand

Jade Durand is a fourth-year Bachelor of Science in Landscape
Architecture Candidate at Arizona State University. A first-generation
American who was exposed to different cultures from a young age,
Jade was born in New York City, raised in Dominica, Anguilla, and Sint
Maarten, and has returned to live in the US. Through her experiences,
she learned to appreciate the history, culture, tradition, landforms, and
architecture of a place at a young age. She is intrigued by the
connections of the natural and built environment at the local scale to
regional natural environments and their effects and influences on all
communities. Jade has interned at Another Ard Production, an urban
design firm, where she developed a deeper passion for designing
strategic solutions that achieve social, economic, and environmental
justice. During her time at Arizona State University, she has served as
the 2021 Event Coordinator for the ASU Student Chapter of the
American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA), in that role she
had the opportunity to help 20 Landscape Architecture students from
ASU attend the 2021 ASLA Conference in Landscape Architecture in
Nashville. The enthusiasm of the ASU students led to their recognition
winning first place in the annual ASLA College Tail Gate Event at the
Conference, awarding 25 students to attend the conference for free in
2022.

Harvard University

Chadwick Bowlin

Chadwick Bowlin is a Master in Landscape Architecture I and Master in Urban Planning concurrent degree candidate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Academically and professionally, he is interested in the ways that landscape architecture can be used as a tool to design socially equitable, responsible, sustainable, and resilient cities for all. He hopes to open his own landscape firm one day. Currently, Chadwick is the nominated chair of the MLA Student Diversity Committee, which is part of a larger committee in the landscape architecture department that seeks to create a more diverse and inclusive pedagogy at the GSD. When he isn’t in studio or working, Chadwick enjoys water coloring, photography, and exploring new parts of the city. He is from Sacramento, California.


2022 CELA University-Level Fountain Scholars

Julian Stanfield

Purdue University

Richard Asirifi

Temple University

Abdiel Martinez

University of Kentucky

Anaija Head

Virginia Tech

Naomi Bailey

Michigan State University

Hana Fulghum

University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Camryn Jae Galvan

Texas A&M University

Allan Barajas

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lucia Blanco

University of Calgary

Jordan Metzler

West Virginia University

Patricia Vasquez Cabrera

University of Arizona

Tiffany White

University of Georgia

Josué Amadis

City College of New York

Maurice Gaston

Illinois Institute of Technology

Asia Wright

Rutgers University

2021 CELA Fountain Scholar Winner and Finalists

The winner and finalists were selected from a group of 22 graduate and undergraduate students nominated by their faculty for their exceptional design skills and their ability to influence, communicate, lead and advance design solutions for contemporary issues.

2021 CELA Fountain Scholar Finalist

Jaline McPherson

2021 CELA Fountain Scholar Finalist

Anjelyque Easley

2021 CELA Fountain Scholar Finalist

Gabe Jenkins

2021 CELA Fountain Scholar Winner

Whitney Barr

2021 CELA Fountain Scholar Finalist

Jaline McPherson

Jaline McPherson is a third year Master’s in Landscape Architecture Candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. As an avid artist, Jaline is interested in the inclusion and celebration of minority perspectives through a visual medium. Jaline believes that landscape architecture should be collaborative in order to celebrate, heal, and create successful communities. Before attending Harvard, Jaline worked professionally for three years as a project designer for SFCS Architects in Roanoke, VA, where she developed a desire to create inclusive environments that celebrate histories and narratives of social equity. During her time at the GSD, she has served as co-chair for the 2019 Black in Design Conference, which explored pathways to liberation through a design lens. Jaline currently serves as president for the African American Student Union at the GSD and has co-authored student publications advocating for diversity and increase representation within the fields of landscape architecture and design.

2021 CELA Fountain Scholar Finalist

Anjelyque Easley

Anjelyque Easley discovered landscape architecture while in middle school, once discovering her passion, she attended the Charter High School for Architecture and Design in Philadelphia to further her enthusiasm for art and design. Anjelyque earned her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree in 2020 from The Pennsylvania State University.She is currently pursuing her Master of Landscape Architecture degree at The University of Texas at Arlington and intends to continue her education to further earn a PhD. The primary goal of her education is to reframe the narratives of Black landscapes throughout history with public policy in order to develop management guidelines and to gain a deeper understanding for the acknowledgment of Black landscape documentation in the field of landscape architecture. She aims to direct her research to enlarge the discourse of landscape history and to encompass the broad range of Black culture, specifically focusing on black burial site preservation.

2021 CELA Fountain Scholar Finalist

Gabe Jenkins

Gabe Jenkins is a fourth year landscape architecture student at Clemson University from Orlando, Florida. He is multi-ethnic student whose diverse upbringing has significantly shaped his passion and experience around design. Much of his work in landscape architecture focuses on creating change and impact for persons of color and the betterment of people. He uses design as a medium to not only express his ideas around making a difference but to also enhance communities to be more inclusive and sustainable. Gabe interned with the MASS Design Group in Rwanda where he worked on a design with the Rwanda Institute of Conservation Agriculture and mentored local students in the Kigali area about design. In his studio projects, Gabe incorporates extensive research of cultural communities, investigating history, geography and people. He utilizes this information to tell a unique story of place that serves to both inform and empower marginalized people.

2021 CELA Fountain Scholar Winner

Whitney Barr

Whitney Barr, PMP is currently an MLA student at the University of Georgia, a USDA Sustainable Food Systems National Needs Fellow, and the first recipient of the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s scholarship for Inclusive Community Design. She is a Spelman College alumna and was a 2013-2014 Fulbright Researcher in Seoul, South Korea. Before UGA, she most recently worked as a digital marketer and urban gardener within Atlanta’s food space. Whitney’s personal health journey led her to embrace food as medicine and food sovereignty. Her thesis is currently entitled, “Designing for racial healing: (How) can heritage crop landscapes offer a physical design response to plantation futures on Sapelo Island, Georgia?” Post-graduation, she plans to advocate for food and environmental justice through landscape design, policy reform, and urban planning. Whitney also looks forward to running her own medicinal plants boutique farm business.


2021 CELA University-Level Fountain Scholars

Amy Cervantes

Utah State University

Udday Datta

West Virginia University

Isra Fakhruddin

University of Colorado, Denver

Kastasya Jackson

Kansas State University

Alondra Liriano

University of Maryland, College Park

Paola Monllor Torres

Iowa State University

Allison Nkwocha

University of Pennsylvania

Abimbola Olorode

Texas A&M University

Guobin Pan

Boston Architectural College

Michaela Peyson

University of Manitoba

Irene Pineda

University of Arizona

Miguelina Portorreal

City College of New York

Anthony Rosa

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Jodwin Surio

The University of Texas at Arlington

Maya Tuiasosopo

California Polytechnic State University

Christopher Vierbergen

Florida International University

Andrew Walker

University of Washington

Pilar Zuluaga

Auburn University